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Arthur Frommer: Seaweed is Invading the Mexican Caribbean, But There's a Bright Side

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2019, 7:00 AM

Among the current important news of travel is a sudden and mysterious drop in tourist traffic to the so-called “Mexican Caribbean” (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Tulum, the Mayan Riviera), an area which usually accounts for half of all tourism to Mexico.     After several speculative guesses as to what is happening, scientists and Mexican officials have agreed that the cause is “sa...

New Website Finds Flight Discounts and Travel Deals for U.S. Military Members

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/23/2019, 12:00 PM

The U.S. military's first-ever website for leisure travel is now up and running. The Department of Defense partnered with Priceline to create American Forces Travel, an online booking platform with discounted vacation deals and packages for current and retired military service members, their families, and civilians working with the Defense Department.  After verifying their eligibility via the s...

Arthur Frommer: This Is Surely the Year's Greatest Travel Bargain!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/28/2018, 12:00 AM

About a dozen years ago, a tour operator called China Spree, headed by a Chinese-American expert, astonished the travel world by charging only $999 for a one-week stay in Beijing including air fare from America (or $100 more for one week in Beijing and Shanghai) and quality accommodations. Then, the founder of China Spree was able to accomplish those travel wonders by negotiating rock-bottom pr...

Priceline Ends "Name Your Own Price" Car Rentals

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/03/2018, 12:00 AM

Yet another core offering of Priceline has been carved away. The website, which made itself famous beginning in 1997 as a place where travelers could place low bids for various products without knowing in advance the brand of the seller, has ended its "Name Your Own Price" feature for rental cars.  The website now only offers set prices for its brand-blind rental car inventory. Because of the sit...

$5/Day One-Way Car Rentals to Florida Right Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2017, 11:00 PM

It's time for the Great Florida Drive-In. Each autumn, the major rental car brands need to shift inventory to their parking lots in Florida to meet winter tourist demand.  Normally, it'll cost a hefty extra fee to drop off a rental car in a different location than where you picked it up. Not right now. For the next few weeks, renters in the northeastern United States will find deals that hover aro...

Booking.com Pulls Plug on Last-Minute App

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/15/2016, 8:00 AM

After only a year and half on the market, Booking.com is euthanizing Booking Now, its app specifically designed for last-minute hotel deals.   When it was released in January 2015, Booking Now was hailed by publications such as Wired as a probable silver bullet to slay reigning last-minute hotel deals app Hotel Tonight. It even expanded development to include iOS, Android, and the Appl...

A Major Study Is Out And What It Says About Trends In Airfares Could Save You Big Bucks

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/21/2016, 9:30 PM

For aviation geeks (like me), the day that the Airline Reporting Corporation releases its annual survey of airfares feels like a birthday—one on which you don’t get any older. And this year, I felt like I was getting miraculously younger because the ARC joined forces with the Expedia family of brands to put out one lollapalooza of a survey. Together, the computers of these two travel gian...

Hurry! Everything in Canada is 25% Off!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/05/2015, 6:00 AM

On Tuesday, August 4, the Canadian dollar cratered, suffering its lowest value in 11 years. The loonie, which a few years ago had parity with the U.S. dollar, is now worth only 76¢. (It's not doing so well against the British pound, either.) That's right: Things haven't been cheaper in Canada since 2004. That means that this summer—right this very minute—is the best time to visit ...

Teachers Get 25% off B&Bs This Summer

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/24/2015, 8:15 PM

BedandBreakfast.com, an established one-stop booking site for family-run B&Bs, has launched its annual discount program for teachers on summer break. The site has collected some 300 bed and breakfasts in 44 U.S. states and 23 other countries, all of which have promised to grant discounts of 25% or more to teachers. Conveniently, the deals are posted on a single page, which can be f...

Free Stay in Tahiti If You Go to New Zealand

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/03/2015, 2:30 PM

The thing that stops most people from going to French Polynesia is the cost. It can cost as much to fly midway across the South Pacific to Tahiti as it can to go all the way across the ocean to New Zealand or Australia. Air Tahiti Nui has announced a great deal that makes it easier: a free three-night stopover, hotel included, for passengers who book round-trip tickets from Los Angeles to Auck...

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